“The book’s presentation matches the weightlessness of the content: the images are gifted ample breathing space and the print is finished to an extraordinary degree of quality.” ~Sleek Magazine
"Ryan McGinley is without a doubt the defining photographer of this generation. His forthcoming monograph, Ryan McGinley: Whistle for the Wind, solidifies his impact in art and culture." ~Complex.com
"For viewers who get past the casual nudity and low-fi aesthetic, there's plenty of unexpected beauty and youthful ebullience." ~American Photo
“These photographs are songs of innocence.” ~New York Times
“Nothing conjures up feelings of summer adventure like a photograph by Ryan McGinley.” ~Nylon Guys
“Ryan McGinley’s photographs capture the essence of being twenty-something in America…chronicles the entirety of McGinley’s career.” ~Cultured Magazine
About the Author
Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, most recently Summer of Hate (2012) and two books of art criticism. She writes frequently about visual and literary culture for Art in America, Artforum, May Revue, Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. The recipient of a Warhol Foundation Arts Writing grant, she has published essays and monographs on contemporary artists including Jorge Pardo, Moyra Davey, Elke Krystufek, Tiny Creatures, The Bernadette Corporation, among many others. With Richard Birkett and Marco Vera, she organized the Artists Space exhibition “Radical Localism–Media and Art from the Pueblo Nuevo Gallery Mexicali Rose” in 2012. She teaches writing at European Graduate School.
John Kelsey is a writer, artist, and activist based in New York City. He is a member of the collective Bernadette Corporation and co-founder of the gallery Reena Spaulings Fine Art. His texts on contemporary art have appeared frequently in Artforum, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art (Sternberg Press, 2010).
Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, writer, artist and musician. His films include Drugstore Cowboy, Gerry, and My Own Private Idaho. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director—in 1998 for Good Will Hunting and in 2009 for Milk. His films Paranoid Park (2007) and Last Days (2005) were both nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. In 2003 Elephant garnered that prestigious honor and Van Sant received the award for Best Director.